Late Night TV Ratings For September 16-20, 2013

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September 27th, 2013

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Via NBC's Press Release

LENO AND FALLON WIN THE BROADCAST YEAR, STEADILY STRETCHING THEIR LEADS THROUGH EACH QUARTER

Tonight Show’ and ‘Late Night’ Have Increased Their Margins Over ‘Late Show’ and ‘Late Late Show’ Vs. the Prior Quarter Throughout the Past Year

Leno and Fallon Have Also Consistently Increased Their Leads Over ‘Kimmel’ and “Nightline’ Since ABC’s Schedule Change in January

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Sept. 27, 2013 — NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” have concluded the 2012-13 broadcast year with dominant wins versus their broadcast time-period competition.

Both programs generated bigger audiences for the year than their ABC and CBS timeslot rivals in adults 18-49, total viewers and all other key measures — adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

For the broadcast year “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night” increased their leads over “Late Show” and “Late Late Show,” respectively, versus the prior year in viewers 18-49, viewers 18-34 and viewers 25-54.

Additionally, Leno and Fallon both steadily increased their margins through the course of the year, delivering bigger advantages from quarter-to-quarter throughout the year.

For the 2012-13 broadcast year, “The Tonight Show” increased its total-viewer margin over “Late Show” to 23% (3.550 million vs. 2.889 million), matching the year-ago 52-week advantage of 23%. In viewers 18-49, the lead grew to 29% (1.054 million vs. 820,000) from last year’s 12%.

In the 25-54 demo, the lead grew to 21% (1.347 million vs. 1.110 million) from last year’s 11% and the 33% lead in 18-34 (343,000 vs. 258,000) is up from last year’s 26%.

Fallon finished the 2012-13 year with a total-viewer lead over “Late Late Show” of 21% (1.735 million vs. 1.435 million), virtually matching last year’s 22%. Fallon increased his season lead over “Late Late Show” in adults 18-49 to 35% (687,000 vs. 510,000), up from last year’s 24%; in adults 18-34 to 68% (294,000 vs. 175,000), up from last year’s 56%; and in adults 25-54 to 21% (804,000 vs. 663,000), up from 18% last year.

For the third quarter, “Tonight” and “Late Night” earned their biggest quarter-long margins over CBS’s “Late Show” and “Late Late Show,” respectively, in the prior year, going back through the fourth quarter of 2012, with Leno’s and Fallon’s leads steadily increasing over that year. For the third quarter Leno led “Late Show” by a 53% margin in 18-49 viewers (1.057 million vs. 692,000), up from 39% in the second quarter, 17% in the first quarter and 14% in the fourth quarter of 2012. At 12:35 a.m. ET, Fallon topped “Late Late Show” by 53% (662,000 vs. 434,000), up from 43% in the second quarter, 30% in the first quarter and 18% in the fourth quarter.

In total viewers, Leno and Fallon also delivered their biggest margins of victory over “Late Show” and “Late Late Show,” respectively, in four quarters, with “Tonight” topping “Late Show” by 37% (3,486 million vs. 2.552 million), up from margins of 29% in the second quarter, 16% in the first quarter and 13% in the fourth quarter of 2012. Fallon beat “Late Late Show” in the third quarter by 34% in total viewers (1.702 million vs. 1.272 million), versus wins of 28% in the second quarter, 15% in the first quarter and 11% in the fourth quarter.

“Tonight” also continued to increase its margins over ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” versus their only two prior quarters of head-to-head competition in the hour, with a 49% third-quarter advantage in 18-49 viewers (1.057 million vs. 711,000), up from a 22% margin in the second quarter and a 9% lead in the first quarter. In total viewers, “Tonight” increased its lead over “Kimmel” in the third quarter to 65% (3.486 million vs. 2.2.117 million), up from 44% in the second quarter and 34% in the first quarter.

Fallon likewise pulled away from ABC’s “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour from 12:30-1 a.m. ET. In the third quarter, Fallon prevailed over “Nightline” by 63% in viewers 18-49 (702,000 vs. 430,000), up from 48% in the second quarter and 30% in the first quarter. In total viewers the “Late Night” edge grew to 30% (1.850 million vs. 1.428 million from 12:30-1 a.m.), up from 23% in the second quarter and 15% in the first quarter.

“Tonight” finishes the broadcast year having delivered bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Show” for the last 44 weeks in a row and topped “Kimmel” for 34 of their 37 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Leno has out-delivered “Late Show” for 48 weeks in a row and “Kimmel” for 37 of 37 weeks.

Fallon has now generated bigger 18-49 audiences than “Late Late Show” for 49 of the last 50 weeks and prevailed in total viewers for 46 of the last 48 weeks. Versus “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour, Fallon has out-delivered the ABC series for 37 of 37 weeks in viewers 18-49 and 22 weeks in a row in total viewers.

WEEKLY AVERAGES

(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Sept. 16-20. Ratings reflect “live plus same day” data from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted.  Season-to-date figures are averages of “live plus seven day” data except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”)

ADULTS 18-49

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 0.8 rating, 3 share
CBS “Late Show,” 0.5/2 *
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.6/3 *

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.4/2

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 0.5/3
CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.3/2

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.3/2 *

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 3.6 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 2.3 million viewers *
ABC “Kimmel,” 2.3 million viewers *

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.6 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.7 million viewers
CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.2 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 million viewers *

* “Late Show” and “Last Call” were in rebroadcast and Friday’s “Kimmel” was an encore.

THIRD QUARTER

ADULTS 18-49

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 0.8 rating, 4 share
CBS “Late Show,” 0.5/2
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.6/2

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.3/2

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 0.5/3
CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.3/2

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.3/2

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 3.5 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 2.6 million viewers
ABC “Kimmel,” 2.1 million viewers

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.4 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.7 million viewers
CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.3 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 million viewers

SEASON TO DATE

ADULTS 18-49

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 0.8 rating, 3 share
CBS “Late Show,” 0.7/3
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.7/3**

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.4/2**

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 0.5/3
CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.4/2

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.3/2

TOTAL VIEWERS

11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 3.6 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 2.9 million viewers
ABC “Kimmel,” 2.4 million viewers**

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.6 million viewers**

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.7 million viewers
CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.4 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.9 million viewers

** Since January 8.

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF SEPT. 16-20

NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 0.7
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 0.6

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.5

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.9
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.6

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.27 million viewers.

TOTAL VIEWERS

Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m.  “The Daily Show,” 1.6 million
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Colbert Report,” 1.3 million

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.9 million viewers

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.8 million viewers
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.3 million viewers

 

 
  • Steve R

    It doesn’t hurt that Letterman is a jerk.

    Steve R

  • Cosmo Vittelli

    Letterman isn’t even the biggest jerk. He’s got all weekend to digest these numbers. God help us all Monday.

  • Donald

    craig ferguson is the best.

  • Kevolution

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Letterman makes this his last year. I bet he’s worried he’s gonna lose to Fallon. If he makes the second half of the viewing year his swan song, he can avoid that. He’d get a huge bump and likely go out on top, rather than risk limping out after a defeat by Fallon.

  • bob

    I realy think Dave could care less about his ratings or loosing to Fallon

  • Gary Middleton

    Leno’s number cratered on Thursday, strong Friday, looks like for the week he has a decent shot at rounding to 0.9.

  • Gary Middleton

    “He’d get a huge bump and likely go out on top, rather than risk limping out after a defeat by Fallon.”

    I suspect Dave’s only priority is keeping the show for as long as he possibly can. He does not want to be the guy who used to have a show. He does not want to give up the fortress the Ed Sullivan Theater affords for his various needs.

  • Gary Middleton

    This week’s average demos:

    Leno: 0.86
    Kimmel: 0.68
    Dave: 0.56

    10 pm:

    NBC: 2.42
    ABC: 2.02
    CBS: 1.98

  • Gary Middleton

    Dave’s 0.4 last night is more evidence that these alternative comedy clinics- where a Dave or Conan interviews a Steve Martin or Tina Fey- tend to be ratings liabilities.

    Kimmel could have a massive night if he books Kanye West on a post-Scandal Thursday.

  • jcfreder

    Were the thursday numbers published?

  • Gary Middleton

    JC, a competing site put them up.

    Leno 0.6
    Kimmel 0.8
    Dave 0.6

    Check my math on the week’s averages, it might have been haphazard as I pulled numbers from different places.

  • anonymous

    Grey’s Anatomy — 3.4
    Kimmel — 0.8

    Kimmel only getting a small ratings bump from a huge lead in.

  • Adam Stabelli

    Looks like the Breaking Bad episode didn’t really help Conan in terms of total viewers.

  • Adam Stabelli

    And Letterman’s ego isn’t going to let him retire. His ratings could fall off a cliff and he’ll still be behind that desk.

  • Gary Middleton

    Anonymous, I felt the same way about Leno’s 0.8 on Tuesday coming out of Chicago Fire’s 2.8. Feels like the ceiling is closing in a little on everyone.

    Although Stewart/Colbert spiked huge this week whenever Comedy Central had even a hint of 10 pm ratings. If they had Conan’s lead-ins, there’s a good chance they’d be the #1 rated late night show on a regular basis.

  • Gary Middleton

    “Looks like the Breaking Bad episode didn’t really help Conan in terms of total viewers.”

    Adam, I believe it did. Conan quite consistently holds about 34% of his Big Bang viewer lead-in. Sometimes 30%, sometimes 38%, but on average 34%. Monday he held 44%.

  • GARebelman

    I think it is safe to say Jay has won premiere week for the last time.

  • GARebelman

    This was Thursday. NBC’s still weakest day.

    In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC’s press release):

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.3/6; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.6/7; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 2.2/6.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.6/3; “Late Show,” 0.6/3; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.8/4.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.4/5 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

    · From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/5 in metered-market households) tied CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.3/3).

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

  • Gary Middleton

    GAR, these are fascinating times. Leno with 10pm tailwinds we have not seen in at least a decade. Even while dented by Arsenio, he has a chance to keep clobbering ABC/CBS right through Thanksgiving. With very little media mention of why it’s happening. Leno has earned that free pass: they didn’t talk about why his lead shrank when NBC’s lineup cratered either.

    Then, when these shows presumably get shelved in December, Leno will be in his final weeks with presumably very strong guest lists. Will NBC promote Leno’s farewell stretch, or try to bury it?

  • GARebelman

    Tough call. They like to brag about something winning so if you want to look from a network perspective, they will promote.

    If they are fearful that people like Kimmel aren’t “shoring up the demo” like some claimed and that makes them worry about Fallon not doing that, they may not promote it.

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